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At The Hignell Companies we have been providing professional management services for California Homeowner Association Boards for nearly 30 years. We love sharing our knowledge and perspective. Give us a call at 530-419-6032 if you have any questions.

Don't Miss This Free Seminar for HOA Board Members

October 9, 2017 at 1:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

Are you an HOA board member? Do you have questions about legal requirements or making sure you have enough reserves for your homeowners association? This free seminar is designed for you!

Join us on Thursday November 2, 2017 at Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Drive in Chico, California. There will be a Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

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Why Enforcing the Rules Must Be a Priority of the HOA Board

August 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

One of the most important jobs a homeowners association Board has to do is to enforce the rules of the Association. As a Board member it is part of your duty to make sure all the regulations are followed by homeowners and the Board itself. Failure to do so can lead to chaos and confusion in your community.

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How an HOA Board Can Still Govern When the Board President Passes Away

April 28, 2017 at 12:56 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

Finding members in your homeowners association who want to volunteer on the HOA board can be hard – finding a member to step up and become the board president is even harder. So, what do you do when the current president passes away, you don’t have a lot people in your community involved with the board, and your current board members are concerned that hiring an HOA manager will only cause the company to take over the Association?

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3 Common Questions About an HOA Board of Directors

April 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board

The Board of Directions of an Association is responsible for protecting, maintaining and enhancing the community. Knowing who the members of the Board are and having a basic understanding of what they do is a good way for all members of the Association to stay informed.

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When Can an HOA Board Call an Executive Session?

January 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board

As a member of an HOA board you have many responsibilities. One of the most important and least understood by many Board members is the Executive Session. A good understanding of this matter may save headaches in the long run and keep the Board out of thorny situations. 

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5 Ways an HOA Board Can Encourage Member Involvement in the New Year

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for the HOA board to communicate with the Association members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live in the next year and beyond. See the list below for ideas to get you started.

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8 Things to Be Thankful for in Your Homeowners Association

November 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, Member of HOA

As Thanksgiving approaches many of us have many things to be grateful for. Volunteering as an HOA board member of your homeowners association is sometimes a thankless job -- but there are a few things you can be grateful for. Your HOA does good things for the community and makes it a better place to live.

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What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

November 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play apparatus for associations to choose from. Whether your association has had a playground from the beginning or it’s considering the addition as a capital expenditure, there are certain things an HOA board should keep in mind.

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Help for HOA Boards Sorting Out Secret Ballots, Quorums and Elections

October 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Elections

As a volunteer HOA board member or homeowner within an association, elections, quorums, secret ballots and things related can be very confusing. They can even be confusing to those trained to work in this industry. If nothing else, you should understand that not all elections are equal. 

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What an HOA Board Should Do About Bullying in a Homeowners Association

October 12, 2016 at 5:07 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

There’s a lot of talk, along with articles and commentary these days about online bullying. This can take place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It can take the form of inappropriate pictures that someone secretly takes of others and then posts on the internet or just in the mean and inappropriate communications that seem to be an all too often occurrence. But this is not the only place that bullying is taking place. Bullying can and is happening in the realm of homeowner associations as well. In fact, it seems to have escalated greatly in recent years. In what forms can we see it manifested? 

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